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Before I began filling I figured out a solution to the Kessil light brackets barely fitting without being submerged, since they are metal that’s not ideal.  I wanted not to attach to the glass as well because it seems sketchy to me. So I made a flush mounting system that is attached to the wall via 3” decking screws in studs.  The mount is made of 1/2” HDPE board cut two feet long and two inches wide.  1/4” acrylic was cut to size and used as a spacer to match the Kessil brackets thickness.  The result is exactly how I imagined it which feels great.EE832488-6166-4387-A840-3A09E54B9614.thumb.jpeg.92d18a0b05d08c7ecd9bc9083427e767.jpeg

the ultimate goal was to keep the tank 2.75” off the wall to allow for MP10’s and these brackets.  To achieve this I had to cut the plastic bolts that come with the Kessil clamp and then grind them to perfection.39BBFBB4-E788-4EA4-8985-25B24EBE1A38.thumb.jpeg.1971009eeebb8f523b0d5149cfa1c8e1.jpeg

again the results were rewarding.

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The brackets can slide in this design which is better than the initial plan of just directly screwing the brackets to a piece of strapping or something.  This way the lights and brackets can be fully removed or I could upgrade to a third a360 down the line!  The look will be perfectly concealed too and leaves the light in a more desirable height/centering.382388D4-F94E-48A4-9B45-998636CD76CD.thumb.jpeg.23b20bec22b593462f384be06b0d4221.jpeg

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Tank is full and salt is added now I’m just waiting for it to get to temp, then I am going to be transferring the 4g into the refugium and trying to take rocks from my mantis tank and put them in the display, confirm he’s still in the 10g then I can add the 40g with it’s corals and fish.  The 10g in the background56D44EB1-EDAE-4C3D-B58B-EC20E345393B.thumb.jpeg.c1277975948e2d2f88da377f2ae82b39.jpegyou can see I got my RFG nozzles installed, they slowed the flow so much I had to max my pump to equalize the drain with the setting it was at when my pump was running at setting 8/10 with out the RFGs

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Somehow I lucked out and the Mantis ditched the rocks as I pulled them and I was able to isolate him and give him a nice new piece of pukani, which he immediately began bashing to his desired shape.  This is exciting as I have been having a nightmare all week that he would murk my whole tank by stowing away somehow.

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 Now tomorrow I will add the base rocks from the 40 and scape while the fish sit in the 4g poopico which is running empty now as I transferred the liverocks, Xenia, and pistol to the refugium.  I left the pump and heater running with water and live sand and performed a 50%wc and will likely replace all the water with stuff from the 40 moments before placing the fish in, but I wanted the pods to be there for the mandarins to snack on.

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Full transfer is complete!  Pair of mandarins, pair of clowns, YWG, GCG, bangaii cardinal, and the newest arrival a tomini tang all in a 4g awaiting the scape to be complete and the sand to settle.16206FE2-401C-4152-B742-50FBAE664BB8.thumb.jpeg.77428810a1b7ddc448e3681ccd5221bc.jpeg

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i think I nailed it on keeping with my planned scape, which is to maximize rockwork for pods grazing area for the mandarins, all while keeping 2-3” between the rockwork and the walls minimum at any one point so the tang can make laps.0E21291B-3F4D-4BF1-92D9-51CA23A7F537.thumb.jpeg.a6d30df6394fd058de45418d1a2bb742.jpeg

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Island to the left is three giant pukani rocks from the 40, island to the right is 9 smaller rocks compounded from new pukani, 10 pounds of KP Aquatics liverock, and the contents of my 4g.

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Hard to photograph the depth the pukani has

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The only potential casualty is my pistol shrimp who made it in alive but was acting a bit wonky and looked as though his snapper may have been damaged.  Time will tell if sand starts mounding. He looks whole enough haha79E15C5A-7C35-4F62-AE60-EE5DE4E4F280.thumb.jpeg.a65a43d9b2f12a41c046114b913ed0d0.jpeg

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What in the world is that tool? On the left side of the tank on the sand bed??🤔

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9 hours ago, Weikel said:

What in the world is that tool? On the left side of the tank on the sand bed??🤔

Perhaps the oceanbox designs custom frag holder that’s made for a 2” growout disc held 3” off the wall, I had them made for a growout where the host said the corals would have to stay on a 2” disk to be viable, and of course the growout frag came in on standard plugs so I own the uselessly cool frag racks.  24k gold lepto has encrusted that one so it gets to fit somewhere maybe the overflow box

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50 minutes ago, GraniteReefer said:

 

 

Perhaps the oceanbox designs custom frag holder that’s made for a 2” growout disc held 3” off the wall, I had them made for a growout where the host said the corals would have to stay on a 2” disk to be viable, and of course the growout frag came in on standard plugs so I own the uselessly cool frag racks.  24k gold lepto has encrusted that one so it gets to fit somewhere maybe the overflow box

Ha ok now I see it . It looked like some sort of meter lol..

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